The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05920
Date: 25 August 1898
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V9
Document Type: ALS


My dear Mr Whistler

Now that the time has come for me to take possession of "the masterpiece"[2] I send you the other check. I only hope you will [p. 2] feel so lonely without my other self, that Biltmore House will soon see you within its walls when you will again have [p. 3] to inscribe the Butterfly[3] within its guest book, to its honour & our joy, my wife's[4] and mine.

À bientot and most sincerely and affectionately yours

George Vanderbilt

Aug 25th 1898

[p. 4] P. S. My address in America until I reach Biltmore is care Cornelius Vanderbilt[5] Newport, Rhode Island.

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1.  George Washington Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

2.  the masterpiece
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt (YMSM 481). Vanderbilt commissioned the work in May 1897 (see G. Vanderbilt to JW, #05914).

3.  Butterfly
JW's mongram: he never visited Biltmore, however.

4.  my wife's
Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more]. The Vanderbilts married in June 1898.

5.  Cornelius Vanderbilt
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr (1843-1899), businessman, railway tycoon and philanthropist [more].